Keep Her Safe, Please!
Contemporary choreography fused Indonesian and Chinese dance movement, inspired by the struggle of women and the strength they demonstrated during the 1998 anti-Chinese riots in Indonesia.
Choreographer: Wan-Chao Chang
Music Edit: Wan-Chao Chang
The idea of creating this piece was triggered by phone calls received in May 1998 by Wan-Chao Chang's Indonesian-Chinese parents who had immigrated to Taiwan in the 1960s. At the time of the riots they were receiving numerous phone calls from their friends and relatives still living in Indonesia: "I am scared of what is happening here. Please, I am begging you, take my daughter away from Indonesia and keep her safe! If I survive I will serve you my whole life..."
During the racial riots against the ethnic Chinese in
May 1998, many Indonesian Chinese were killed, many women were raped,
and over a hundred of Chinese-owned shops were looted in Jakarta. Those
news did not come to news and media openly.
During these difficult times, many women stood by their families, protected and fought for their children, found ways to send their daughters away to save them from getting raped, helped and comforted victims. Their courage and strength kept their families united during and after the tragedy.
This piece is inspired by stories of these women - their fear, struggle, passion, love, and strength. The movements and music draw from both Chinese and Indonesian dance and martial arts. It aims to recognize the human commonality and embrace diversity reflected in race and religion.
Thank Jeff Purmort for music search process
Lighting: Patty-Ann Farrell
June 27, 2009